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21st Mar '17 4:32:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which don't seem to have a rational explanation. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.

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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which don't seem to have a rational explanation.seemingly can't be answered away. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.
21st Mar '17 4:31:44 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''; at several points, [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] hears a horrible baying noise over the mires which can only be a massive dog, and which the superstitious locals attribute to the titular Hound, a fearsome and murderous HellHound supposedly haunting a nearby wealthy family. Watson scoffs at the supernatural explanation, but admits that he's currently hard-pressed to offer a more rational explanation because there are several gaping holes in any explanation that he can think of which don't seem to have a rational explanation. Of course, this is a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, so those logical and rational explanations actually are there; it just takes Sherlock Holmes himself to put them together.
19th Mar '17 9:54:36 AM BattleMaster
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It is important to note that, OccamsRazor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].

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It is important to note that, OccamsRazor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one.one [[note]] which is a misinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is that the explanation with the fewest ''unknown variables'' is usually the correct one, not the simplest explanation[[/note]]. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].
23rd Jan '17 1:30:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''LeftBehind''--no one except main characters ever thinks of the mass disappearances as being caused by the Rapture, even though premillennialism is a well-known theological concept. Some possible explanations are rational enough, but everyone believes the [[BigBad Antichrist's]] bizarre "nuclear warheads-electromagnetism-NegativeSpaceWedgie" theory. (Main characters, on the other hand, act as if they've [[FunctionalGenreSavvy read the book jacket]].)

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* In ''LeftBehind''--no ''Literature/LeftBehind''--no one except main characters ever thinks of the mass disappearances as being caused by the Rapture, even though premillennialism is a well-known theological concept. Some possible explanations are rational enough, but everyone believes the [[BigBad Antichrist's]] bizarre "nuclear warheads-electromagnetism-NegativeSpaceWedgie" theory. (Main characters, on the other hand, act as if they've [[FunctionalGenreSavvy read the book jacket]].)
4th Oct '16 11:54:18 PM Fireblood
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It is important to note that, Occam's Razor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].

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It is important to note that, Occam's Razor OccamsRazor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].
31st Aug '16 8:18:04 PM BlackPrince1330
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In short, however incredible it may seem, isn't the explanation that this is a God taking on the form of a marshmallow man to destroy the world actually the simpler and more rational explanation at this point?

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In short, however incredible it may seem, isn't the explanation that this is a God god taking on the form of a marshmallow man to destroy the world actually the simpler and more rational explanation at this point?
13th Aug '16 11:49:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein's Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.

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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases grew this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein's Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.
13th Aug '16 11:43:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein�s Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.

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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankenstein�s Frankenstein's Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.
13th Aug '16 11:42:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankensteinís Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.

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* Named after Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who was particularly adamant in her denial of the supernatural. As their encounters with fairly obvious cases of supernatural cases this got quite ridiculous. As cracked.com put it: "After personally witnessing aliens, a cannibal mutant, psychic children, vengeful ghosts, mind-controlling insects, the ghost of an alien, pyrokinesis, the ghost of her father, shape-shifters, body-switching, reverse-ageing, faith-healing, a telepathic frozen human head, a radioactive leech-man, subliminal mind control, vampires, Native American sorcery, precognition, astrology, gargoyles, telekinesis, Chinese sorcery, a sea monster, a golem, past life regression, Frankensteinís Frankenstein�s Monster, a demon-possessed doll, a giant intelligent shape-shifting beetle monster, time travel, demonic possession, psychic weather control, the Grim reaper, time loops, zombies, doppelgangers, a giant human bat, voodoo, alternate dimensions, transmogrification, a kid that can command insects, another golem, a genie and an ancient piece of potter inscribed with the words of Jesus that can raise the dead, Scully continues to mock Mulder for believing in the paranormal." In Dana Scully's and the series defense, this trope did get downplayed as the series went on and she got used to the supernatural being the usual suspect.



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* Magazine/ForteanTimes delights in calling out skeptics and rationalists for this sort of thinking, arguing that it is no sort of explanation for anomalous phenomena when the "explanation" is more laboured, tortuous and convoluted than a simple acceptance that something strange has happened, which is inexplicable by accepted science. Of course, skeptics and rationalists in turn often point out that something not ''yet'' having a credible explanation is not the same as something being completely ''without'' an explanation. And that in many cases, their explanations involve either flawed recollections of events or deliberate attempts at fraud.

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* ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes. ''One-half of the title duo'' is subject to Scullying by everyone except the other half. (Nobody but Calvin and Hobbes see Hobbes for what he is.)
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